The global rise of mobile phones and data centers
Nearly 6 billion mobile phone users, +3.2% each year. More data exchanged, more storage needed. For mobile phones alone, this represents 1096 GW in one hand and an additional 34 GW each year for new users. The data center market is booming in Europe (France, Germany, London, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, etc.) but also in Canada and the United States.
The expertise and evolution of Equans in the data centers market
For 25 years our teams have honed their expertise in the design, implementation, and maintenance of data centers. Today the need is evolving towards an integrated service offer, taking into account sustainable development and security requirements. In January 2022, Equans created an industry data centers agency in France whose straightforward positioning is that of a general contractor to support its clients in the development of their projects.
Excellence in energy efficiency: the landmark project of the CERN data center
With the design of the CERN data center (European Center for Nuclear Research), Equans signs a foundational project that demonstrates mastery of the entire value chain from a blank slate, from design, to the execution of work up to maintenance for about ten years.
Design and construction of electrical circuits, access control, fire detection, ventilation, air conditioning, production and distribution of cold, regulation system, recovery of 4MW of waste heat, maintenance,... this 12-year contract signed in July 2021 is an example of our ability to adapt to the specific needs of this public client: the energy efficiency of the installations is measured through a guaranteed PUE (power usage effectiveness) of 1.15.
Good practices of the CERN project: installation and innovation
Let's delve into what is today an emblematic project of good practices:
Installation of cold groups (2 MW x 4 U) whose contact surface is improved thanks to an "adiabatic dry cooler" which allows a reduction in water consumption while maintaining good performance throughout the year by our partner Jaeggi.
Power supply via bussbar to control energy consumption
Installation of Fanwall systems fully integrated with fans, motors, cabinets 5 U x 500 kW per computer room, the largest installed in Europe by Schneider Electric.